Live­stock ban­dits kill of­fi­cial in Kenya

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan po­lice say an of­fi­cial has been killed by live­stock ban­dits in the volatile Rift Val­ley county of Baringo, where a drought has in­creased cat­tle rustling. A po­lice re­port says about 30 ban­dits on Fri­day killed the gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed ad­min­is­tra­tion chief in the western re­gion when they raided Chep­kew vil­lage and stole an un­known num­ber of goats. Po­lice say the chief and po­lice re­servists were am­bushed as they tried to pur­sue the ban­dits.

The gun­shots were heard as Kenya’s Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto rose to ad­dress a crowd nearby dur­ing a cam­paign rally. The gath­er­ing ended quickly, ac­cord­ing to the TV sta­tion Cit­i­zen TV. Live­stock thefts by no­madic tribes in the semi­arid re­gion are com­mon. The Kenyan gov­ern­ment has de­clared the cur­rent drought a na­tional dis­as­ter.

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